Month: December 2013


Another year done – I can’t believe it.
For someone who has a bit of Triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13) 2013 was actually a really good year for me.

Danny made it home safe after his deployment
(we made it through our first deployment)


I graduated from college with my Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology


We got a sweet little puppy – Annabel


I bought a new car


Started my “big girl” job as a data analysis for an airline

Moved in with Danny and out of my parents’ house

Danny and I got engaged!!!


Enjoying the snow with Annabel.


Marine Corps Ball


First Christmas Eve and Christmas morning spent with Danny.


I’m so looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring and

all the new memories we will make as a little family together.


December Sum Up

Spending time with friends and family

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas shopping

Wrapping gifts

December Daily craft

Six month anniversary of my new job

Seeing my grandma surrounded by all her loved ones

Snowed in evening

Spending lazy weekend days with Annabel


weekend recap

Danny had to work this weekend which was lame and the fact that he works nights makes it worse. But I was able to get ea lot done around the house. Did the usual grocery shopping and laundry and I did a lot more cleaning around the house. Annabel and I spent a lot of time together since it was just us girls. My parents came over on Saturday to just hang out and play with the pup. (Everyone loves her). Sunday I put together a crock pot meal and watched a Law and Order: SVU marathon (which was what I also had on on Saturday – who can resist?!). I also put away the Christmas decorations. I didn’t really want to get rid of the tree but I had time today. The outdoor lights are still up though. I really don’t want to brave the cold to take them down. I decided to keep the furniture layout we had in our living room for the tree. I moved a table but now there is plenty of room for playing with Annabel and more open space on our rug for her to lay down. The laminate floor is too hard and slippery for her.
For some reason now the house seems bare without all the Christmas stuff. I’m hoping to get some more photos/frames put on tables soon.

It was a nice weekend spent around the house – those are my absolute favorite!

The End of December Daily

13. Just a typical day.
I used card stock and a chip board embellishment along with a
journaling card from the midnight kit of Project Life.


14. Lots of errands with Danny.
We ended up snowed in that evening, but him and Annabel enjoyed the snow together.
Chip board numbers and a free printable were used on card stock.
The back was a simple white so I added red washi tape.

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15. Normal day of grocery shopping and hanging out at home
with football and fantasy football.
And the first hot chocolate with candy canes of the season!
I used scrap book paper, stickers for the date and a free printable I found online.


16. My grandmother passed away.
I’m glad she is no longer in pain.
Used card stock paper to journal and added a heart embellishment.


17. Another typical day. But Danny and I are no longer working first shift together.
He went back to anywhere from 10 hour to 13 hour night shifts.
Super simple layout. I used scrap book paper and a date stamp.


18. Just a little spread for one week until Christmas.
I used chipboard letters for the ‘one week’ and a free printable
I found online to journal.
The joy sticker I found in a clearance bin at the craft store.


19. Lots of playing with Annabel.
They love playing with sheets.
Danny wraps her up or covers her up in them and she loves attacking them.
For this day I used stickers for the date and simply punched a hole in the picture and backed
it with decorative scrap book paper.
The small silver heart was cut out from decorative paper.


20. My grandmother’s calling hours.
21. My grandmother’s funeral. It was very nice she would be happy.
It was good to see so many people there to celebrate her life.
I used card stock and a heart embellishment.
The card I used for writing comes from the midnight kit of Project Life.


22. Spent the day with family.
Scrap book paper and stickers for the numbers.
I cut the cloud from a midnight kit card from Project Life.


23. Typical day.
Decorative chipboard piece and stickers for the date.


24. Short day at work. Danny and I exchanged gifts and stockings.
Annabel got her gift as well that she ripped up very quickly.
We watched A Christmas Story and drank hot chocolate that night.
Double sided lay out with chip board letters and a card from
the midnight kit of Project Life.

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25. We went to my parents’ house first thing in the morning then to my grandparents’
and the to Danny’s family.
I used chipboard letters and scrap book paper.

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I did enjoy this craft but it was a bit hard to continue once everything with my
grandma happened. But I’m glad I finished it and I may try it
again next year depending on what’s going on next year.


Blanket Update

Well I started off simply making a green blanket.
You can see the original post here:

But this blanket turned into what greens, browns and tans I had.
So now it’s my ‘foresty’ blanket instead of my green blanket.
Not really sure if it matches but I think it goes.

I’m still using a triple crochet stitch and a size hook.

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This was the first Christmas that Danny and I spent the whole time together.

He had Christmas Eve off and I only worked five hours so we spent the day just hanging out at home and playing with Annabel.

Danny was too anxious to exchange gifts and his argument was that we wouldn’t have much time Christmas morning – so we opened all our gifts and stockings on Christmas Eve. That night we drank hot chocolate and watched A Christmas Story. 



[My fake surprised face since I picked that gift out]

Annabel loved her gifts. But one only lasted a few hours. It is now currently just the shell of the stuffed owl that it once was.
But she still loves it.

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On Christmas Day we went to my parents’ house first thing in the morning. Then my dad’s parents’ house and then to Danny’s family. We spent a ton of time in the car. One ride was over an hour. (But that’s something we need to be used to because of the distance between our families).

I was glad to get to see so many people
and have so much great food!

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This is our attempt at a family photo.
Works for me 🙂



reading The Secret Garden

celebrating the holidays with family and friends

dressing warm and cozy and getting used to the cold

crocheting a forest color themed blanket

using a wax melter to make the house smell like pine trees and Christmas

wearing white nail polish for the holidays

lighting the Christmas tree every evening

thinking about my grandmother and many memories